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Helping you assert your rights following a truck accident

Sharing the road with large commercial trucks is commonplace for motorists in Virginia. While these massive vehicles play an important role in intrastate and interstate commerce, commercial trucks also generate many dangers on the roadways. Trucking companies rely on truck drivers to make timely and safe shipments and deliveries, but this does not always occur. Due to long hauls, overworked truckers and fatigued truck drivers, many errors could be made behind the wheel. This could easily be the cause of a serious or even fatal truck crash.

The aftermath of a truck accident can be horrendous. These massive vehicles could severely damage the automobiles involved, resulting in serious injuries to those traveling within the vehicle. T the Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates, our experienced attorneys understand the devastation and the pain and suffering that can arise from a truck crash; thus, we are dedicated to helping victims in the Roanoke area assert their rights.

What damages are recoverable in a wrongful death claim?

The loss of a loved one is a very challenging event to overcome. No matter the age of the person, when a loved one is suddenly taken from you because of the negligence of another party, this can be a shocking, traumatic and overwhelming time. While it might seem impossible to move past this tragedy, it is possible to process this event and move forward. While no amount of money can bring a loved one back, a compensation award could help offset the damages caused by the event.

What damages are recoverable in a wrongful death claim? A wrongful death claim is used by surviving family members to not only hold a negligent party accountable for his or her wrongdoings but is also used to help offset the losses and damages suffered because of the fatal incident. Thus, if you have lost a loved one because of a negligent driver, doctor or property owner, a wrongful death suit could prove to be very beneficial.

Taking a detailed look at head traumas

Just as there are many types of accidents, there are a wide variety of injuries that could be suffered in an accident. While some of these are deemed minor, others are labeled as severe. Residents in Virginia do not expect to be involved in an accident, and they certainly do not expect to deal with the injuries in the aftermath. Head trauma is one of the worst types of injuries and accident victim could suffer. This type of injury has the tendency to require a lengthy recovery time and much medical attention. In some cases, a victim never recovers, requiring ongoing medical care for the rest of his or her life.

A head injury is any type of injury or trauma to a person's brain, skull or scalp. These can range from a minor bump or bruise to a traumatic brain injury. Suffering a blow or injury to the head can be scary, as a victim may not know how his or her head was impacted or how serious the injuries are. Common types of head injuries include concussions, skull fractures and wounds to the scalp.

Advocating for your rights following a brain injury

While some accidents result in minor bumps and bruises, others leave an accident victim suffering life-altering injuries. Much like no one expects to be involved in a severe accident, no one expects to suffer a serious injury like a brain injury. Trauma to the head presents many challenges and even some losses to victims. An injured party could lose cognitive abilities, the ability to walk and even the ability to care for him or herself. Thus, it is important to understand what rights a victim has to overcome these losses.

Injuries impacting the brain are tragic and devastating. Not only is the life of the victim altered, but the injury also affects the lives of their loved ones as well. At the Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates, we understand how a brain injury could emotionally and physically impact a victim. Thus, we are dedicated to helping victims in Virginia understand their rights and guide them through the civil litigation process.

Handling difficult brain injury cases

As a previous post on this blog discussed how a Roanoke, Virginia, resident can walk away from a motor vehicle accident, an accident involving a dangerous product or some other incident for which someone else might be at fault and seem to be a little shaken up, but otherwise fine.

It may turn out later, however, that the person actually has a traumatic brain injury from the incident and will need considerable medical care and time off work. The person responsible for the accident, however, may want to deny compensation, claiming that the person was okay immediately after the accident and is, at best, blaming the accident for an injury that happened later or, at worst, milking the system.

Two-vehicle accident in Franklin County leaves 1 dead

A two-vehicle car accident in Franklin County, which many readers probably know is just south of the Roanoke area, killed one person and left two people serious injured. One of the injured victims had to be flown to the hospital from the scene of the accident.

According to police, both vehicles involved in the accident were pickup trucks. The person who died for some reason crossed over the centerline of the two-lane road, hitting the other pickup. Although the man who was driving the pickup that strayed from its lane had a seatbelt on, he still died as a result of the wreck. The driver of the other truck, as well as one of the other truck's passengers, also suffered serious injuries.

Can brain injury symptoms appear after the fact?

When a Roanoke, Virginia resident gets hit hard on the head due to a car accident, a fall or some other accident, people, including medical providers, may mistakenly believe he or she is okay since he or she seems only a bit shaken after the incident, but otherwise fine. Even if a person goes unconscious momentarily and comes to quickly, people may not suspect serious traumatic brain injuries.

The problem with this perception is that brain injury symptoms can and often do appear up to weeks after an accident. These symptoms can prove to be quite serious and debilitating. For example, even a "mild" brain injury can cause problems with fatigue, balance and sensory issues. They also can leave a person unable to focus or remember things. This is why medical professionals recommend a person get checked out by a doctor if they show any signs of suffering a brain injury or other trauma to the head.

Who can sue for wrongful death in Virginia?

When someone in Roanoke, Virginia dies in an accident caused by the negligence of another person, the loss is going to have a profound effect on many people, if not hundreds of friends, relatives, colleagues and other loved ones.

However, as much as one would like it to be otherwise, not just anyone can file a wrongful death claim in Virginia, as much as they may have been hurt emotionally or even financially by the loss of a person who was dear to them. Still, though, the idea of Virginia's wrongful death law is to get compensation paid to the people would most likely have benefitted from the victim's support and generosity were the victim still alive.

Helping a victim recover after being sideswiped

Roanoke, Virginia residents who share the road with truckers have probably had the experience of a semi driving very close to the dividing line between the two lanes. Sometimes, it is because the truck just has a wide load and, at other times, the driver may have momentarily stopped focusing on driving and, specifically, anticipating what was ahead on the road.

Unfortunately, while a lot of these incidents end in near misses or scares, some end with another motorist getting sideswiped by a truck. While a sideswipe accident is bad enough when one passenger car hit another, it can be devastating when the accident involves a large truck smacking a smaller vehicle. The injuries that result from these sorts of accidents can be catastrophic, and all too often end in permanent disability or death.

Area car accident leaves pedestrian dead

A fatal accident in Roanoke left a 71-year-old man dead after a car went off the road and slammed in to building belonging to a local retirement community. Before hitting the building, the driver struck the man who later died and also hit a fence. The man was standing along the side of the street near a bus stop. Immediately after the accident, police stated the man had suffered serious injuries and took him to an area hospital, where the man died. The driver of the vehicle that struck him was also taken to the hospital.

Police are still investigating the incident but are saying that the driver of the vehicle has cooperated in the process to this point. Police do not at this time suspect that the driver was speeding and also do not suspect alcohol and drugs. Police have suggested the driver may have had a hard time controlling the car because of a medical issue but also say that the matter will be forwarded to the county attorney for a review of charges or citations.

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